Family court judge ruled unqualified after hearing case involving husband

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 9th circuit family court judge has been ruled unqualified to seek re-election after she ruled on a case involving her husband, a Charleston attorney.

The state Judicial Merit Selection Commission voted 9-1 against Frances P "Charlie" Segars-Andres. In the initial hearing, the members decided that the case demonstrated a clear conflict of interest and Segars-Andres did not recuse herself from the bench.

A second hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 2.

There are no known candidated vying for Segars-Andrews'seat on the 9th circuit family court, which hears cases in Berkeley and Charleston counties.

Her term on the bench ends in June, 2010.

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